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the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. . mr. connolly: i rise in support of h.r. 3159. i would like to thank my colleague from texas, mr. poe, for his leadership on this legislation. he and his staff have worked to address a range of technical issues so this bill could be considered under suspension. h.r. 3159 is an important first step in bringing oversight to the foreign aid process. the first is to strengthen monitoring and evaluation so we be sure our aid is performing as intended. we make most of our decisions in the dark. we set budgets year after year without having any idea necessarily what the outcomes might be. this bill requires the president to establish a consistent set of guidelines so that all federal agencies will set measurable goals and monitor results and evaluate impact. we can make much better decisions about how and where to invest once we know which types of programs are the most cost effective and produce the best results. the second reform is to increase
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